Johnston County 2011 Property Tax Guide
How much are property taxes in Johnston County NC?
If you're considering a move to the greater Raleigh area, or just a relocation within the Triangle, you've probably wondered how much the yearly property taxes will be for your new home.
Clayton is about 17 miles from the center of downtown Raleigh.
When were Johnston County NC property values last adjusted (assessed)?
Johnston County revalues all real estate at least once every eight years, per NC requirements.
This procedure allows the Tax Department to adjust the appraised value of real estate to reflect the property's true value in light of changing real estate market conditions.
The chart below shows the 2011 Johnston County property tax rates. If you are relocating to a home inside a town or fire district, the tax rate will generally be higher. If your new home will be outside of town boundaries, the tax rate can be low.
The county rate gets combined with either the fire district rate or the town rate, depending on where the home for sale is located.
For example, Clayton has a town rate of 0.525, and the Johnston County property tax rate is 0.78.
Add the two together - the total tax rate for Clayton, NC is 1.3050.
How Do I Convert Clayton, NC Property Tax Rates to the Amount I'll Write a Check For?
It's not as confusing as it looks. The tax rates are based on the assessed value of the home, not the asking price.
1. Take the assessed value of the property.
2. Divide by 100.
3. Multiply by the combined 2011 tax rate.
4. This will give you the yearly tax amount, per 2011 fiscal year rates.
For 2011-2012, tax rates can vary from 0.78% (Johnston County only) to 1.39% (Kenly, NC). There is no guarantee that tax rates will remain the same - check the Johnston County Property Tax Rates for most recent information.
And just to give you an idea, here's a table of sample yearly tax payments for different sample assessed home values - for all the cities in Johnston County, including Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield, and Wilson's Mills, as well as some of the rural areas surrounding each of these towns.
What If The Johnston County Home I'm Considering Isn't Inside City Limits?
Your tax bill can be lower if your home or property is not actually within a municipality, or town. If this is the case, you'll pay just the County rate, plus a fire district or other rate.
If there's a particular address you're considering, you can see the exact assessed value of the home and/or property - just enter the address here.
It is possible that there are fire district rates in addition to town rates, so it does help to look up a particular address. But in general, the tax rate tables above work well to estimate taxes.
How Do I Know If I'm In Johnston County?
When looking at properties, don't take the city address for granted - you could be in a different county, with different tax rates, depending on where exactly the property is located. Ask your agent to verify the actual address and county before you sign a contract.
Property taxes are based on assessed value, not the price the home is sold for. The assessed value you see may be either higher or lower than the asking value of the property - it really depends on how long ago the assessment was made, and what improvements have come to the area since the assessment (or what improvements are planned for the area). If there is a discrepancy, don't be afraid to ask your real estate agent to pull comps for you!
Want to Compare Property Taxe Rates?
Compare property tax rates in Johnston County to other counties in the area here: